Nothing like a long holiday weekend to help you recharge for the week. To help you start the week off, I’m going to introduce you to one of my fellow Crescent Moon Press authors. She’s sweet and funny and super supportive. And her books are totally kick-butt! Who is this lovely lady you ask? Why Renee Rearden, that’s who… Let’s dive right into the interview, shall we?
ME: What was the first book you read that grabbed you? What genre? Who is the author?
R.R: The first book I read that grabbed me…huh. Any speculation? I’ll give you a hint. The genre is horror, thriller, suspense (I know, I know. I can’t just pick one!) Never mind. You’ll never guess, so I’ll spill. Jaws by Peter Benchley. In the fourth grade, I snuck my mom’s copy and read it after she went to bed. I’ve never gotten over my fear of the ocean—well, of what’s in it. But that book, wow. It spoke to me. The story and the characters enthralled me. The dread and suspense encouraged me to test the boundaries my fears—both imaginary and real.
Me: Is there an author that you get fan-girl crazy over? Have you ever met him/her? Do you want to?
R.R: Do I have to pick just one? ‘Cause there’s a list actually. Rachel Caine, Rachel Vincent, Gena Showalter, Richelle Mead, Jennifer Estep, Carolyn Crane, Patricia Briggs, J.R. Ward, Laurel K. Hamilton—warned you there was a list! I received an email from Ms Hamilton, encouraging my desire to write. I met Ms Mead and Ms Briggs. Both are delightful women, supportive and friendly…sorry. Fan-girl gushing!
3. What’s your:
- Favorite color? Right now, blue—both my grandsons’ eye color.
- Favorite season? Fall.
- Favorite Hero – movie or book? Book – Jamie Fraser.
- Snack weakness (food or drink)? Chips or brownies…it’s a tie.
- What’s your Astrological sign? Gemini—sign of the twin (personalities)
- Do you write sweet and cuddly or toe-curling steamy lovin’ stories? Toe-curling steamy lovin’ stories, of course—once my characters get to know each other, that is!
- Do you read sweet and cuddly or toe-curling steamy lovin’ stories? Toe-curling steamy lovin’ stories.
Me: What’s on your desk when you write?
R.R: Candles, sticky notes covered in goal reminders, and an unabridged dictionary and thesaurus. Yep, I roll old school!
Me:Do you write to music or quiet? If you do write with music, can you share one song that’s significantly impacted this story?
R.R: Music distracts me. So, I write in silence. Scents are my accompaniment. Different scents inspire or complement each scene I write—some of them even work their way into my books.
Me: What’s your favorite line from your most recent release? Why?
R.R: Lust served its purpose when necessary, but the flames of hunger burned out quickly, sometimes leaving the heart a charred remain in its wake. Love, now that was something else entirely. This line’s my favorite because I’m really a romantic at heart. Lust burns bright but love, when true, burns forever. Did I mention my 25th wedding anniversary is this year? =D
Me: What’s next? You don’t have to give specifics – but feel free to leave a tantalizing snippet or cryptic hook.
R.R: Saari, Dhelis and Brogan still have some issues to resolve. Resilient spirit brings long-held secrets to light, rivals are chomping toward a political power play, and heightened senses under the moonlight take complicated family matters to a whole new level.
Me: Who is your favorite character from Greek Mythology OR which Olympian would you want to be? And why?
R.R: I actually like Hephaestus. He’s noted to be crippled or misshapen. After being rejected by his mother, he devised a way to get what he wanted: revenge and a beautiful goddess for a wife. Hephaestus received another blow when his wife chose allowed another man in her bed. Once again, he outsmarts his wife and her lover. Why do I like Hephaestus? He’s the underdog. He’s a smart, tortured man that works every angle to his advantage. More importantly, he doesn’t get mad—he gets even. That makes for amazing conflict in any legend, myth or story!
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Buy Book One: Moonlight Bleu – click HERE !
Crimson Sunrise blurb: Saari Mitchell attends a Tueri conference in Las Vegas, Nevada to strengthen her bonds with Dhelis Guidry and Brogan Vincent—and see if they can make their three-sided relationship work. But when Saari and her vampire brother Mag’s lives are threatened, her trip to paradise soon becomes a surreal fight for survival. Dhelis and Brogan’s psychic abilities are no help in finding Saari. Desperate to save their mate, they call in favors from the psychic and preternatural community, but the information leads only to more questions. Is the threat against Saari personal or part of a larger plan that threatens every human and Tueri’s existence? Crimson Sunrise is the second novel in the Tueri Fated Souls Series.
Moonlight Bleu blurb: Saari Mitchell sees a psychologist in order to understand why-500 years later-she’s still dreaming of her dead lover. Her shrink isn’t helping, the nightmares come every time she closes her eyes, and the lack of sleep is interfering with her job at Sacred Heart Hospital. With her psychic ability to heal the human spirit on the fritz, her auric radar becomes as reliable as her spotty cell phone service.
By day, Dhelis Guidry works as a detective for the new Angeles Police Department investigating the missing or murdered women in the Full-Moon Killer case. In his spare time he hunts rogue vampires as a Tueri executioner.
Brogan Vincent is a Tueri healer. Though he could offer his miraculous talents to the rich and powerful, he has chosen anonymity and peace by only using his psychic abilities among the Tueri.
One look into Saari’s tri-colored eyes and both men realize she is Tueri. One touch tells them each she’s their soul mate. But can either of them protect her from the Full-Moon Killer?
See, don’t they sound like awesome books? I KNOW!
Thanks so much for dropping by Renee!!!